Welcome to the Richardson Lab in Applied Microbiology
The Richardson group studies microbial communities of relevance to important environmental engineering problems. Application areas include bioremediation, bioenergy, sustainable wastewater treatment, nutrient and greenhouse gas cycling, and pathogen detection. The Richardson lab toolkit includes various techniques in genomics (DNA), transcriptomics (RNA) and proteomics as well as modeling of community kinetics and gene networks. Common goals in lab projects involve development of diagnostic biomarker detection assays and their use to monitoring microbial activities in complex environments. More recently the lab has been exploring bioreactor designs for sustainable wastewater treatment.
The lab is interested in new graduate and undergraduate students with diverse backgrounds. Graduate students can join the lab via two Graduate Fields: the Field of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Field of Microbiology.